Category Archives: Legendary

Preakness Time Finally Acknowledged

Secretariat at the Belmont. Image courtesy of Champions Gallery.

In 1973, Secretariat clocked in at 1:53 flat on the Preakness track the day of the Preakness Stakes. Initially, this time was clocked incorrectly at 1:55, as the electronic equipment had incorrectly recorded the colt’s time to be slower than the hand-clockers had recorded. However in a hearing at Laurel Park, The Maryland Racing Commission ruled that Secretariat had in fact run faster than he’d initially been clock, and that 90-year old owner Penny Chenery had been correct in assuming there had been an error in the records of her beloved horse.

“I didn’t know if it was appropriate to cheer but I couldn’t help myself,” Chenery said. “This is a big day.”-Penny Chenery, The Herald

With this new distinction made, Secretariat now holds the all-time record for all three legs of the Triple Crown, a feat that took a four-hour hearing and extensive evidence. Secretariat passed away at his home stable Claiborne Farm in 1989 at the age of 19, the proud father of over 653 foals and is now the proud bearer of of a legacy.

Secretariat is now immortalized at the Kentucky Horse Park in this elegant statue. Image courtesy of About.com and Cindy Pierson Dulay.

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Expecting Again!

Zenyatta prepares for her second foal!

Zenyatta, the incredible mare that won the 2008 Breeder’s Cup Ladies’ Classic and Breeder’s Cup Classic in 2009  is expecting again! This time, owners Jerry and Ann Moss bred Zenny to Tapit, a race horse who is the sire (father) of 2011 juvenile champion, Hansen. On Tuesday May 8th, an ultrasound revealed that the mare was pregnant at that Zenyatta’s unnamed colt would soon have a sibling. It will be interesting to see how these superstar foals fair once they hit the track, and if they will be able to fill their mother’s very heavy shoes.

Pictured: Zenyatta in her racing days. Image courtesy of BloodHorse.

As mentioned in an earlier article, Zenyatta boasts a very veritable pantheon of achievements, most notably 2008, 2009, 2012 American Champion Older Female Horse, 2012 American Horse of the Year, 2010 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, 2011 William H. May Award. Additionally, Zenyatta also won the 2008 and 2009 NTRA Race Moment of the Year Award, Has since had a stakes race at Santa Anita named in her honor, and made the top 10 list of Sports Illustrated Female Race Horses of All Time.

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Work to Ride: Transcending Boundaries

Pictured: Most people's first impression of a 'polo player'. Image courtesy of CapMiller.com

When we traditionally think of polo as a sport, sometimes we conjure up images of the upper crust of society sipping flashy drinks whilst celebrity polo players charge across the field on expensive ponies, met with polite golf claps. Work to Ride, a program based out of the Chamounix Equestrian Center near Fairmount Park, focuses on making this traditionally bourgeois sport more accessible. Work to Ride program’s mission, as stated on the website, is to :”promote discipline, self-esteem, motivation, social development, life skills, academic achievement, and physical fitness through year round programs that encourage long term participation.” This ideology is better explained in the video below:

The Cowtown/Work to Ride team, which has been active at Chamounix Equestrian Center since 1994, is notable for being comprised of mostly black players. In a sport so dominated by mostly white teams, it is refreshing to see a diverse program successfully establish itself. When the team won the National Interscholastic Championship in 2011 against Baltimore, every member of the team was African-American, making interscholastic history as the first-ever all-black team to win.

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The Olympic Long List Welcomes Laura Kraut and Beezie Madden

Fans of show jumping will be pleased to hear that two more familiar names will join the long list before the Selection trials set to run from March 21st until March 24th at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Joining previously announced competition McLain Ward, Beezie Madden and Laura Kraut will join the hopeful contenders to represent the United States in London this coming summer. Joining these ladies on the list will be their respective mounts: Kraut aboard Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric, and Madden aboard Coral Reef Ranch’s Coral Reef Via Volo.

From Left to Right:Will Simpson, Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden and McLain Ward
who won the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. Image courtesy of Zimbio.

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Equestrian Sports And Safety: Concerns For Future Olympics

As equestrian Olympians prepare for the London 2012 games, there has been some concern over the safety of the sport and whether or not it should be retained as a summer sport in the olympic games after London. In recent remarks made by International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Princess Haya, “Anyone who thinks equestrian sports are secure for London is mistaken”(reference). Haya goes on to say that due to low-interest in the dressage discipline, show jumping may also be in jeopardy, as it is highly unlikely that show jumping would be allowed to remain as a standalone equestrian sport in the olympic games. Because cross country requires so much space and very specific location requirements, it too could be in jeopardy.

Sad but true: we may never see legends like Steffen Peters and Ravel at olympic tournaments if what Haya is saying is true. Image courtesy of La Times

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Equestrian Star James H. Fairclough II ‘Goes Medieval’ in History Channel Premiere of ‘Full Metal Jousting’

James H. Fairclough II is aboard the white horse. Image courtesy of Zach Dilgard via NJ.com

James Fairclough, an acclaimed equestrian and Drew University Alum traded jumping for jousting on the February 12 premiere of History Channel’s ‘Full Metal Jousting’ show. Noted for winning the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Cacchione Cup in 2008,   and has been the co-rider of renowned equestrian Mary Chapot’s horses Starquest (resulting in a performance good enough to ride into the 2011 Six Year Olds Circuit Championship) and Zealous ( who was awarded the 2011 WEF Circuit Champion for the Seven and Eight Year Olds, as well as Horse of the Year for the Seven and Eight Year Olds in 2011). Fairclough is the owner of Cavalier Show Jumping out of Seahorse Stables located in Water Mill, NY and is optimistic about the upcoming season of FMJ.

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Equestrians Lose a Legend: Mourning Jack Fritz

Image courtesy of Equisearch.com

Capt. John H. “Jack” Fritz was well-known in the equestrian community for being a founding member of what is now the United States Eventing Association, and serving as a chair during the founding meeting of the United States Dressage Federation. Fritz was also acclaimed for playing a large role in the creation of The United States Pony Club and the United States Equestrian Federation. An avid promoter of equestrian sports, Fritz was awarded the USEF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, and  ‘Horseman of the Year’ in both 1968 and 1969. He was inducted into the United States Eventing Association’s (formerly Combined Training) Hall of Fame in 1999 as a ‘non-riding’ member, and is currently recognized by Chronicle of the Horse as one of the 50 most influential people in this century. In addition to his monumental contributions to the equestrian world, Fritz was also deeply involved with American History Studies: he was a notable professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and was also a Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University’s Madison campus.Additionally, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees and Officer Trustee of Centenary College. Responsible for drawing up many of the founding guidelines that make each of these organizations what they are today, Jack Fritz will be sorely missed. He is believed to have passed away on the morning of February 9th at the age of 87.

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Xcaret

“X”

Breed: Oldenburg

Age: 18

About X: X was born on March 4, 1994, and is officially registered in the International Sport Horse Registry. Affectionately known as ‘Sexy X-y’, X is a Goucher school horse that is well-known for his excellent attitude and great outlook on life. Previous to Goucher College, X competed in the Adult Amateurs and was a talented Equitation horse. A skilled napper and overall good guy, X is a  favorite among students enrolled in the riding program of Goucher College(roughly 60 students a year take lessons) and is often brought along to away games as a potential ‘draw’ (a horse you could ‘pull out of the hat’ and ride in an IHSA competition). X first arrived at Goucher in 2009 from an enthusiastic local equestrian, and is a happy resident of the ‘pony’ barn alongside stellar stall mates Nantucket, Chamois, and Monty. X’s talents include napping, making friends, and taking care of beginners. X is used for all levels of competition at home shows, and is a skilled jumper both in the ring and over the Blue and Gold jumps in the ‘front field’.

Likes: rolling in mud, peppermints, napping, fidgeting, teaching people how to ride

Dislikes: staying clean, getting baths

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